West Sulawesi

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West Sulawesi
Sulawesi Barat
Official seal of West Sulawesi
Motto: Mellete Diatonganan
(Following the truth)
Location of West SulawesiSulawesi Barat in Indonesia
Location of West Sulawesi
Sulawesi Barat in Indonesia
Coordinates: 2°41′S 118°54′E / 2.683°S 118.900°E / -2.683; 118.900Coordinates: 2°41′S 118°54′E / 2.683°S 118.900°E / -2.683; 118.900
Country Indonesia
Capital Mamuju
 • Governor Anwar Adnan Saleh
 • Total 16,796.19 km2 (6,485.05 sq mi)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 1,158,336
 • Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
 • Ethnic groups Mandar (8.06%), Toraja (14%), Buginese (10%) [2]
 • Religion Islam (82.66%), Protestantism (14.21%), Hinduism (1.38%), Roman Catholicism (1.02%), Buddhism (0.03%)
 • Languages Indonesian, Mandar, Toraja, Bugis, Makasar language
Time zone CIT (UTC+08)
Website www.sulbarprov.go.id

West Sulawesi (Indonesian: Sulawesi Barat) is a province of Indonesia. It is located in the western portion of the island of Sulawesi. The capital is Mamuju and the 2010 Census recorded a population of 1,158,336.

The province was created in 2004 and was previously part of the province of South Sulawesi.[citation needed]


It is on the island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) and includes the regencies (kabupaten) of Polewali Mandar, Mamasa, Majene, Mamuju, and Mamuju Utara, which were formerly part of South Sulawesi. The area of the province is 16,796.19 km2.


Its population as of the decennial 2010 census is 1,158,336 increasing at 2.67% annually. Of those 171,356 are classified as below the poverty line of Indonesia.[3]


Three women and two boys from West Sulawesi sell charcoal. Colonial period, 1937.

Its economy consists mainly of mining, agriculture and fishing. Its capital is Mamuju.

Administrative divisions[edit]

West Sulawesi Province is divided into 6 regencies, listed below with their (provisional) populations at the 2010 Census.[4]

Name Area (km2) Population
Estimate 2005
Census 2010
Central Mamuju Regency include in Mamuju Regency include in Mamuju Regency include in Mamuju Regency Tobadak
Majene Regency 947.84 130,282 150,939 Majene
Mamasa Regency 3,005.88 120,438 139,962 Mamasa
Mamuju Regency 8,023.74 272,940 336,879 Mamuju
North Mamuju Regency
(Mamuju Utara)
3,034.08 93,116 134,303 Pasangkayu
Polewali Mandar Regency 1,775.65 351,673 396,253 Polewali
Total Province 16,787.18 968,449 1,158,336 Mamuju